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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Valley Streamers pitch in on Sandy relief
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Courtesy David Sabatino
Thomas and Roseann Sabatino delivered donated goods that were collected at their son’s coffee house, Sip This, to communities afflicted by Hurricane Sandy.
But Sabatino hasn’t been the only person volunteering to deliver the goods, he said. Charlie Chiarello, owner of Classic Coffee Systems on Merrick Road, Gary Shaw of the Valley Stream Fire Department, Mike Schutzman, owner of Slipped Disc Records, and Sabatino’s parents, Roseann and Thomas, have each given their time to make deliveries. “To see people being so generous and wanting to help is very nice,” Sabatino said.

Sip This customer Audrey Rome contacted Sabatino after the storm hit and asked if she could host an open mic night at the coffee house to raise money and collect items for Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization. The event was held on Nov. 9 and raised $500 in addition to a large number of food donations.

People may still bring and non-perishable food items, toiletries and cleaning supplies to Sip This during business hours.

Valley Stream Central/Memorial PTSA

The Valley Stream Central/Memorial PTSA held a food and clothing drive on Nov. 11 and collected 60 bags of clothes and 10 boxes of cleaning supplies and non-perishable food. The clothes were taken to Adelphi University, while the cleaning supplies and food were brought to the Rockaways, according to Patty Farrell, PTSA president.

The PTSA will be hosting another food and clothing drive on Nov. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. at Memorial Junior High. Farrell said they are looking to collect more non-perishable food and cleaning supplies, as well as diapers.

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